Final Award in Quick Composing TT-165 | Окончательные итоги блицконкурса TT-165

Black King Quadriga | Чёрная Королевская Квадрига


Theme | Тема

73 entries were received from 26 authors representing 9 countries | На конкурс поступило 73 композиции от 26 авторов из 7 стран

EN <-> RU

From TT Director Aleksey Oganesjan I have received 73 (!) anonymous problems: #2-6 – 23 problems (#2 – 10, #3 – 5, #4-6 – 8), h#2-6 – 50 problems (h#2 – 22, h#3 –24, h#3.5-4 – 4). Given a quantity and quality of problems, I have decided to divide an award into 4 sections: #2, #3-6, h#2, h#3-6.

Award is the following | Отличия распределились следующим образом

#2
10 entries were received from 6 authors representing 5 countries | На конкурс поступило 10 композиций от 6 авторов из 5 стран
EN <-> RU

I didn’t include only No 40 (Ke2-Kd4) in the award – in view of too trite mechanism with Banny theme. The problem No 41 (Ke3-Ke5) (which earlier was marked by Special Prize) is excluded at the request of the author in view of it is non-thematic (in coordination with TT Director).

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 24
Anatoly Vasilenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
b3rb2/K1p3pq/2BB4/3N2R1/2nkn3/p2N1P2/2Q2P2/3r4
#2(9+11)
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 39
Valery Shanshin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
4r3/7Q/5pR1/3n1n2/2B1k1P1/3N1N2/4PP2/2K1R3
#2(10+5)
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 52A
Ilija Serafimović
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
3Q4/2p5/8/3n4/R1nkN1p1/3N1P2/3P4/3K1B2
#2(8+5)

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 24, Anatoly Vasilenko (Ukraine) b3rb2/K1p3pq/2BB4/3N2R1/2nkn3/p2N1P2/2Q2P2/3r4

*1...Se3 (a) 2.fxe3#, 1...Sc3 (b) 2.Qxc3#
1.Sc5? – 2.Sb3#, 1...Rb8 2.Se6#, 1...Scd2 2.Qd3#, 1...Sed2 2.Qc3# (2.Qd3#? – dual-avoidance valve), 1...Sa5!
1.Se7! – 2.Rd5#, 1...Se3 (a) 2.Be5#, 1...Sc3 (b) 2.Bc5# (deferred Novotny)
1...Bxc6 2.Sxc6#, 1...Qf5/Qg8/Qh5 2.Sxf5#
In Russian-language literature such combination (after Novotny interference “extraneous” threat or zugzwang appears, and thematic white moves appears only after a capture) strangely called “perfect Novotny”. In 2015 I have offered to call this combination “deferred Novotny” (it reflects the essence of what is happening more accurately). And here is we see that the author of No 24 do uses the name “deferred Novotny” for a combination in his problem!
At the same time, thematic captures 1...Rxe7/Bxe7 don’t defense from the threat and mates with using interference are performing in response to “extraneous” defenses. There is an anticipatory interference of two lines (pieces) after 1.Se7! But is there the Novotny theme itself? I tell my own opinion. Since a white piece moves into intersection point of bR and bB lines and after that mates with using of interferences of these pieces appear, this combination may be attributed to extensive subjects with a name “Novotny interference (theme)”. And a term “deferred Novotny” may well be extended to this case – the term is appropriate here!
All Knights of Quadriga are used in this nice chess performance. Change-play on 1...Se3 and 1...Sc3 is a center of the design. The try 1.Sc5? with choice of play and change-mates is pertinent. It’s a solid, interesting and modern problem!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 39, Valery Shanshin (Russia) 4r3/7Q/5pR1/3n1n2/2B1k1P1/3N1N2/4PP2/2K1R3

*1...Sd4 2.Sd2#, 1...Sf4 2.Sc5#
1.e3! – 2.Sd2# (2.Sc5?)
1...Sdxe3 2.Qb7#, 1...Sfxe3 2.Rxf6#, 1...Kxf3 2.Qh1#
Good acute key and three variations with long diagonal mates.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 52A, Ilija Serafimović (Serbia) 3Q4/2p5/8/3n4/R1nkN1p1/3N1P2/3P4/3K1B2

1.Qg5! – 2.Qe5#, 1...Sc3+ 2.dxc3#, 1...Sb4 2.Qc5#, 1...Se3+ 2.dxe3#
Quartet of mates on the 4 remaining empty squares around BK. (author)
At first sight, it is usual one-phase problem. But really the author realized the theme very interestingly: all mates are on 4 free squares around bK. The main moment of the problem is a key with unpinning of bS which creates thematic variations. It is very thematic, clever and amusingly!
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 55
Sergey Abramenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/K6R/1Bp5/6b1/pN1N4/P1k2b2/Qn1n2R1/8
#2(8+7)
3rd Honorable mention - No 38
Zoltan Labai
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
K4b2/5B2/4N1n1/5k2/4n1N1/5P2/4Q3/1b6
#2(6+5)
1st Commendation - No 30
Pietro Pitton
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
3R4/8/2Bn1N1p/4k2P/1P1N1n1Q/8/2K5/8
#2b) after a key(8+4)

2nd Honorable mention - No 55, Sergey Abramenko (Russia) 8/K6R/1Bp5/6b1/pN1N4/P1k2b2/Qn1n2R1/8

*1...Sb~ 2.Qc2#, 1...Sd~ 2.Rc2#
1.Rh3? – 2.Se2# (A), 1...Sd3 2.Qc2#, 1...Be3!
1.Rh1? – 2.Rc1#, 1...Be4 2.Se2# (A), 1...c5 2.Sb5# (B), 1...Bd1!
1.Rc7! – 2.Sb5# (B), 1...Be2 2.Sxe2# (A), 1...Sbc4 2.Qc2#, 1...Sdc4 2.Rc2#
In the try and in the solution Quadriga shows maximum activity.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 38, Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) K4b2/5B2/4N1n1/5k2/4n1N1/5P2/4Q3/1b6

1.Qb2? – 2.Se3#, 1...Bc5 2.Sh6#, 1...Se5 2.Qxe5#, 1...Sc3!
1.Qe3! – 2.Sd4#, 1...Bc5 2.Sg7#, 1...Sf4 2.Qxf4#
It is the easiest realization of the theme. One variation with simple and one variation with random change-mates.
EN <-> RU

1st Commendation - No 30, Pietro Pitton (Italy) 3R4/8/2Bn1N1p/4k2P/1P1N1n1Q/8/2K5/8

a) diagram: 1.Bf3! zz 1...Sc8/e8/b7/f7/b5/f5/c4/e4 2.Sg4#, 1...Kxd4 2.Qxf4#, 1...Se6/g6/d5/xh5/d3/h3/e2/g2 2.Sd7#
b) Bc6->f3: 1.Bc6! zz
Perpetuum mobile!
EN <-> RU
2nd Commendation - No 57
Sergey Abramenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
7Q/1r1p4/3p1p2/R1n1n2R/3k2b1/1PN1N3/K1BP4/8
#2(9+8)
3rd Commendation - No 56
Sergey Abramenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
2R1R3/8/1p1r4/2n1N3/1P1k1Pb1/1PN1np2/2BPP3/1KB5
#2(12+7)

2nd Commendation - No 57, Sergey Abramenko (Russia) 7Q/1r1p4/3p1p2/R1n1n2R/3k2b1/1PN1N3/K1BP4/8

1.Be4? Rxb3!
1.Qf8? Rxb6!
1.Qg8! – 2.Qd5#, 1...Be6 2.Se2#, 1...Se6 2.Rad5#, 1...Sf7 2.Rhd5#, 1...Bf3 2.Sf5#
Active play of the Quadriga.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 56, Sergey Abramenko (Russia) 2R1R3/8/1p1r4/2n1N3/1P1k1Pb1/1PN1np2/2BPP3/1KB5

1.Red8! – 2.Sc6#, 1...Bd7 2.Sxf3#, 1...Sd5 2.Sb5#, 1...Sd7 2.dxe3#
Quadriga plays actively too but the position is slightly heavy.
EN <-> RU
#3-6
13 entries were received from 7 authors representing 5 countries | На конкурс поступило 13 композиций от 7 авторов из 5 стран
EN <-> RU

The complexity of the theme increases with increasing of quantity of moves – in #3 and especially in #N it is very difficult to realize any interesting idea.
I want to mark No 73 (Kg8-Kb5), but thematic moves 2.g6+ and 2.Bxa4+ are threats too.
Besides that, in No 70 (Kc1-Kb7), 72 (Kg8-Kb7), 73 (Kg8-Kb5) Black are almost helpless after first moves. The gravure No 50 (Kd7-Kg7) has a dual 1.Se7 Sf8+ 2.Ke8 Kh7 3.Qc1/Qg5.
I include in the award only those compositions in which authors try to find any IDEAS (even small).

Prize, 1st Place - No 34
Yury Gorbatenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/5p1r/pPQN1n2/4k1B1/K1RN1np1/8/4P2b/8
#3(8+8)
Special HM, 2nd Place - No 49
Pavel Arestov
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
n1N5/1k6/N1n5/8/4K3/8/7Q/8
#6(4+3)
1st Commendation, 3rd Place - No 18
Anatoly Vasilenko
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/6pQ/4p2b/1R1N1nP1/4k3/1p1N1n2/1R2PK2/3b4
#3(8+8)

Prize, 1st Place - No 34, Yury Gorbatenko (Russia) 8/5p1r/pPQN1n2/4k1B1/K1RN1np1/8/4P2b/8

1.Rb4! – 2.Sc4+ Kxd4 3.Bxf6#
1...S6~ 2.Sf3+ gxf3/Ke6 3.Re4#, 1...Sd7 2.Qe4+ Kxd6 3.Be7#
1...S4~ 2.Sxf7+ Rxf7 3.Qe6#, 1...S4d5 2.Sxf7+ Ke4/Rxf7 3.Qc2/Qe6#
Black correction in play of both bS. Unfortunately, there is repetition move in second pair (1…S4d5 2.S:f7+). Everything else (construction and key) shows a decent level.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention, 2nd Place - No 49, Pavel Arestov (Russia) n1N5/1k6/N1n5/8/4K3/8/7Q/8

1.Qd6! – 2.Sc5+
1...Kxa6 2.Qxc6+ Ka5 3.Kd4! Kb4 4.Qc4+ Ka5 5.Kc5 Sc7 6.Qa2#
1...Kxc8 2.Qxc6+ Kd8 3.Ke5! Ke7 4.Qe6+ Kd8 5.Kd6 Sb6 6.Qg8#
Special distinction is for a miniature. Here Quadriga is showed in the raw!
EN <-> RU

1st Commendation, 3rd Place - No 18, Anatoly Vasilenko (Ukraine) 8/6pQ/4p2b/1R1N1nP1/4k3/1p1N1n2/1R2PK2/3b4

1.S5f4! – 2.Sxe6 – 3.Qxf5#, 2...g6 3.Qb7#, 2...Sh4/Se5/Sd4 3.Re5#
1...Bxe2 2.Rb4+ Sd4 3.Rxe2#
1...g6 2.Rb4+ S5d4 3.Qxg6#, 2...S3d4 3.Qb7#
1...Se5 2.Rb4+ Sc4 3.Rxc4#, 1...Bxg5 2.Rb4+ Sd4 3.Qh1#
1...e5 2.e3 – 3.Sc5#, 2...exf4 3.Qxf5#
1...Kd4 2.Sxe6+ Ke4 3.Qxf5#, 2...Kc3/Kc4 3.Rc5#
Three pairs of pinnings of thematic Knights on thematic pieces on the same 2nd white move:
- in the same mate of the same variation;
- in two branches of the same variation;
- in two different variations.
Geometric imitation in the play of Knights and Pawns. (author.)
Innovative idea of “far change-play” (proposed by Victor Melnichenko) is as follows: the same 2nd white move, different black defenses and mating moves. To this idea be good, it is need to order black defenses on 1st and 2nd moves and to connect them with change-mates harmonically.
In No 18 after 1...Bxe2 and 1...Se5 the play is not very interesting – so, the theme of “far change-play” is expressed weakly. Nevertheless, the problem has an ideological content. Pair with quiet play 1... ~ 2.S:e6!, 1...e5 2.e3! and nice variation 1...g6 2.Rb4+ are attractive. 1...Bxg5, Bxe2 and Se5 are “makeweights” with repetition of 2nd white move (2.Rb4+).
EN <-> RU
2nd Commendation - No 71
M. Kostylev & A. Melnichuk
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
1R1N1q2/prnkn3/3N2Pp/1p1Bpp2/1Q1B4/2P3P1/4K3/8
#5(10+10)
3rd Commendation - No 11
Ralf Krätschmer
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
6K1/8/2N1n1B1/1P1k2P1/P1n1N2P/3rp3/q3P2B/4Q3
#6(11+6)
Special Commendation - No 69
Ingemar Lind (after M. Franken)
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
5R2/5n2/4NkN1/5n2/5R2/5K2/8/5Q2
#3(6+3)

2nd Commendation - No 71, Mihail Kostylev & Aleksandr Melnichuk (Russia) 1R1N1q2/prnkn3/3N2Pp/1p1Bpp2/1Q1B4/2P3P1/4K3/8

1.S6f7! Rxb8 2.Qd6+ Kе8 3.Bс6+ Sxс6 4.Qxс6+ Kе7 5.Bс5#, 2...Kс8 3.Bе6+ Sxе6 4.Qxе6+ Kс7 5.Bxе5#
1...Qxf7 2.Qd6+ Kxd6 3.Sxb7+ Kxd5 4.Rd8+ Kс6 5.Sа5#, 4...Kс4 5.Sа5#, 4...Kе4 5.Кс5#, 4...Kе6 5.Rd6#
Echo-mates on 5th line by Bishop and Knight. (authors)
Here we see a certain organization in the play and some analogy in strategic operations. In another “long” moremovers I didn’t see it.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 11, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) 6K1/8/2N1n1B1/1P1k2P1/P1n1N2P/3rp3/q3P2B/4Q3

1.Sf6+? Kc5 2.Sd7+ Kd5 3.Be4+ Kxe4 4.Sf6+ Kf5 5.Se7#, 2...Rxd7!
1.Qc3! (2.Se7#) 1...Rxc3 2.Sf6+ Kc5 3.Sd7+ Kd5 4.Be4+ Kxe4 5.Sf6+ Kf5 6.Se7#
It is the only logical problem in this section.
EN <-> RU

Special Commendation - No 69, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) (after Maurits Franken)5R2/5n2/4NkN1/5n2/5R2/5K2/8/5Q2

1.Qc1? Kxg6!
1.Qb1? Kxe6!
1.Qj5???
1.Qb5! – 2.Qxf5#
1...Kxg6 2.Qxf5+ Kh6 3.Rh4#
1...Kxe6 2.Qc6+ S7d6 3.Re4#, 2...S5d6 3.Re8#
Version of the problem from announcement (Maurits Franken, 4th HM, Good Companions Folder, 1922), changing it from symmetrical to asymmetrical (author)
It is quite independent problem with asymmetric solution and symmetric position.
EN <-> RU
h#2
22 helpmates were received from 13 authors representing 8 countries | На конкурс поступило 22 композиции от 13 авторов из 8 стран
EN <-> RU

In this section authors have pleased with the variety of ideas! I didn’t mark the most scope problem No 51 (Ka7-Kd4) – too unequal twins and unpleasant repetitions. Prize winners are the problems of very high level.
In view of an anticipation yacpdb/407180, the problem No 46 (Kh8-Kf3) (which earlier was marked by 4th Comm.) is excluded and a rank of the problem No 65 (Kg1-Kc6) is downgraded to 4th Comm.

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 21
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
r7/p3P3/2N1np2/3k1p2/b1N1nb1q/3p2r1/8/1K1B4
h#2b)-d) see text(5+12)
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 20
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
4K3/q7/pp2N1n1/2rp1k1p/2B1n1Np/3p4/2bb4/8
h#2b)-d) see text(4+13)
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 22
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
2b5/1Ppp3r/3N1n2/4k3/3n1N2/2r5/1K1P4/3q4
h#2b)-d) see text(5+9)

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 21, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) r7/p3P3/2N1np2/3k1p2/b1N1nb1q/3p2r1/8/1K1B4

1.Sd8? Sb4+ 2.Ke6 e8Q#?? 3.Bxe8!
a) diagram: 1.S4g5 e8S 2.Ke4 Sxf6#
b) Bf4->c7: 1.Kxc6 e8R 2.Kd7 Bxa4#
c) Bd1->h7: 1.Sg7 e8B 2.Ke6 Bg8#
d) Bd1->b2: 1.Kxc4 e8Q 2.Kb3 Qxe6#
HOTF. The theme of TT-165, white AUW and bK star. (author)
The record synthesis of three (!) themes which are hardly connectable each other: Quadriga + AUW + bK star = task!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 20, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 4K3/q7/pp2N1n1/2rp1k1p/2B1n1Np/3p4/2bb4/8

a) diagram: 1.Se5 Bxd5 2.Kg6 Bxe4#
b) Ph5->h6: 1.Kxg4 Bxd3 2.Kh5 Be2#
c) Pd3->f3: 1.Sc3 Bb3 2.Ke4 Bxc2#
d) Pd3->d6: 1.Kxe6 Bb5 2.Qd7+ Bxd7#
HOTF. In one pair there is hidden interference of bRc5 by thematic bS’s, in another pair – captures of thematic wS’s by bK. wB star and bK star. (author)
Another task = Quadriga + wB star + bK star.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 22, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 2b5/1Ppp3r/3N1n2/4k3/3n1N2/2r5/1K1P4/3q4

a) diagram: 1.Sc6 d4+ 2.Kxd6 bxc8S#
b) Pb7->c5: 1.Se6 dxc3 (Kxc3?) 2.Qd5 Sg6#
c) Pb7->f3: 1.Re3 dxe3 2.Sf5 Sc4#
d) Pb7->g3: 1.Rh5 d3 2.Rf5 Sf7#
Albino, model mates (author).
And again we see a quite difficult design with Albino and model mates. But thematic Sf6 can be replaced by bP or bB. In this case the rank is downgraded from Prize to HM.
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 25
Ralf Krätschmer
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
r7/q6b/8/1pn1N1P1/1p1k4/Q1N1n3/8/K7
h#22.1..(5+8)
3rd Honorable mention - No 32
Vitaly Medintsev
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
2q5/2p5/1p5K/1N1n4/2k3B1/PN1np3/r4p2/6Q1
h#22.1..(6+9)
Special Honorable mention - No 36
Ivan Antipin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/5K2/8/4q3/2n1n3/b2k4/2N1N3/3B4
h#22.1.. b) Bd1->d5(2+3)

2nd Honorable mention - No 25, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) r7/q6b/8/1pn1N1P1/1p1k4/Q1N1n3/8/K7

1.Kxe5 Qa6 2.Sa4 Qf6#
1.Sa6 Qa2 2.Kxc3 Qb2#
Interesting tactical idea with unpinning of wQ.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 32, Vitaly Medintsev (Russia) 2q5/2p5/1p5K/1N1n4/2k3B1/PN1np3/r4p2/6Q1

1.S3b4 Qb1 2.Sc2 Be2#
1.Sf6 Bd7 2.Se8 Qg8#
There is an analogy in white and black play: bS’s try to complete bQ and bR; wQ and wB change its functions (guard / mate)
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 36, Ivan Antipin (Russia) 8/5K2/8/4q3/2n1n3/b2k4/2N1N3/3B4

a) diagram: 1.Qc3 (A) Sed4 2.Scd2 (B) Be2#, 1.Sed2 (X) Scd4 2.Qe3 (Y) Bc2#
b) Bd1->d5: 1.Scd2 (B) Bb3 2.Qc3 (A) Sf4#, 1.Sed2 (X) Bf3 2.Qe3 (Y) Se1#
In a) there is reciprocal change of black moves, in b) – black constant (Sorokin constant). Gravure, aristocrat (author)
Aristocrat form and big scope of the play is very good. But black constant in b) (X-Y) looks like… a repetition of play from a).
EN <-> RU
1st Commendation - No 37
Zoltan Labai
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
4b1B1/3n1N2/2p1k1p1/3N1n2/1b2p3/8/8/5K2
h#22.1.. b) Bg8->a2(4+8)
2nd Commendation - No 28
Pietro Pitton
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
1N6/nkn5/1N6/1P6/1K6/8/1B6/8
h#22.1..(5+3)
3rd Commendation - No 47
Christer Jonsson
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/N1n5/1k4p1/N1n4b/8/8/6KR
h#22.1..(4+5)

1st Commendation - No 37, Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) 4b1B1/3n1N2/2p1k1p1/3N1n2/1b2p3/8/8/5K2

a) diagram: 1.Bd6 Sd8+ 2.Ke5 Sxc6#, 1.Bc5 Se5+ 2.Kd6 Sc4#
b) Bg8->a2: 1.Bf8 Sf6+ 2.Ke7 Sg8#, 1.Be7 Sc7+ 2.Kf6 Sxe8#
And here a scope and a variety of the play are on decent level. But a “cold breath” of symmetry with respect to h3-c8 do not allow to mark more higher distinction.
EN <-> RU

2nd Commendation - No 28, Pietro Pitton (Italy) 1N6/nkn5/1N6/1P6/1K6/8/1B6/8

1.Sc6+ bxc6+ 2.Kxb6 Bd4#
1.Sa6+ bxa6+ 2.Kxb8 Be5#
Nice gravure with Quadriga! Apparently it is need to stand wK on a4 – in that case both mates will become model.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 47, Christer Jonsson (Sweden) 8/8/N1n5/1k4p1/N1n4b/8/8/6KR

1.Be1 Rh4 (Rh6?) 2.S4a5 Sc7#
1.Bg3 Rh6
(Rh4?) 2.S6a5 Sc3#
Dual-avoidance choice of a white play determined by first move of bB.
EN <-> RU
4th Commendation - No 65
Ingemar Lind
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
7Q/1N1n4/2k5/1n1N4/8/8/8/4B1K1
h#22.1..(5+3)
Special Commendation - No 54
Elmar Abdullayev
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
5N1n/6k1/5n1N/8/R7/6K1/8/8
h#22.1..(4+3)

4th Commendation - No 65, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 7Q/1N1n4/2k5/1n1N4/8/8/8/4B1K1

1.Kxd5 Ba5 2.Kc6 Qh1#
1.Kxb7 Bb4 2.Kc6 Qa8#
wQ moves in three corners during the solution – it gives this problem a right to independent existence in compare with earlier problem yacpdb/407180.
EN <-> RU

Special Commendation - No 46, Elmar Abdullayev (Azerbaijan) 5N1n/6k1/5n1N/8/R7/6K1/8/8

1.Sf7 Rg4+ 2.Kh8 Sxf7#
1.Sg6 Ra7+ 2.Kh8 Sxg6#
Usually I do not mark designs with explicit symmetry. But in this case I made an exception because this problem is the only miniature in h#2 section.
EN <-> RU
h#3-6
28 helpmates were received from 12 authors representing 8 countries | На конкурс поступило 28 композиций от 12 авторов из 8 стран
EN <-> RU

It is surprising that in h# there is a deficit of tactical ideas with increasing of quantity of moves. The vast majority of problems contain a “building of mates” which is not appreciated in modern h#. On the other hand, it is a consequence of that the theme of TT-165 contains a certain piece matrix but not idea. So, actually composers competed in technical skill. That is why I am doing some leniency to requirements which are usually applied in other tourneys. First of all I evaluated active play of Quadriga, quantity of solutions and economy of material.
The problem No 2 (Kf3-Kg5) (which earlier was marked by Special Comm.) is excluded at the request of the author (in coordination with TT Director).

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 19
Aleksandr Kostyukov
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/3N1N1K/4k3/3n1n2/5p2/8/8
h#3b-d) see text(3+4)
2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 64
Aleksey Ivunin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
4K3/6B1/p3p3/2n1n3/3k4/2N1N3/p6r/8
h#34.1..(4+7)
1st Hon. mention, 3rd Place - No 35
Gábor Tar & Zoltan Labai
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
7b/4rp2/8/2n1NPp1/3k1pP1/ppN1n3/p1p4K/qb6
h#32.1..(5+14)

1st Prize, 1st Place - No 19, Aleksandr Kostyukov (Russia) 8/8/3N1N1K/4k3/3n1n2/5p2/8/8

a) diagram: 1.Sd3 (Sg6?) Kh5 2.Kf4 Kh4 3.Se5 Sd5#
b) Pf3->g2: 1.g1B (Sf5+?) Kg7 2.Sf5+ Kf7 3.Bd4 Sc4#
c) Kh6->b7: 1.Ke6 Sb5 (Sf5?) 2.Ke7 Sxd4 3.Kd8 Sc6#
d) Kh6->h8: 1.Ke6 Sh5 (Sd5?) 2.Ke7 Sxf4 3.Kf8 Sg6#
HOTF in miniature: black dual-avoidance and Umnov – in 1st pair, symmetrical echo-mates and white dual-avoidance – in 2nd pair (author)
Classical example of the “building of mates”. Two pairs of variations: 1st – mating in the center of a board, 2nd – on the edge of a board. Miniature!
EN <-> RU

2nd Prize, 2nd Place - No 64, Aleksey Ivunin (Russia) 4K3/6B1/p3p3/2n1n3/3k4/2N1N3/p6r/8

1.Rh4 Bh6 2.Re4 Bf4 3.Sed3 Se2#
1.Sd3 Bf8 2.Sc4 Bb4 3.e5 Sf5#
1.Sb3 Kd8 2.Kc5 Kc7 3.Sd4 Bf8#
1.Kxc3 Sf1 2.Kb2 Sd2 3.Ka1 Bxe5#
4 solutions is good achievement for the tourney. But last solution is distracting from the overall series. Nevertheless, some analogy is there: wS and wB complete 2 mates.
EN <-> RU

1st Honorable mention, 3rd Place - No 35, Gábor Tar (Hungary) & Zoltan Labai (Slovakia) 7b/4rp2/8/2n1NPp1/3k1pP1/ppN1n3/p1p4K/qb6

1.Kxc3 Sd7 2.Kb2 Sxc5 3.Bc3 Sd3#
1.Kxe5 Se2 2.Kf6 Sg3 3.Qe5 Sh5#
It is the most replete design with tactic! bK move across squares “c3” and “e5” which after that are blocked by bQ and bB. But bSe3 may be replaced by bP.
EN <-> RU
2nd Honorable mention - No 15
Rainer Kuhn
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/8/3K4/8/4Pn1N/6k1/5N1n
h#3b) Pe3->f4(4+3)
3rd Honorable mention - No 17
Rainer Kuhn
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/1N1n4/r1k5/pn1N1K2/8/8/8
h#33.1..(3+5)
4th Honorable mention - No 8
Rainer Kuhn
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/5p2/8/p1N1n1p1/3k4/1pn1N1K1/8
h#33.1..(3+7)

2nd Honorable mention - No 15, Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 8/8/1N1n4/r1k5/pn1N1K2/8/8/8

a) diagram: 1.Sg1 Sd2 2.Kg3 Sf4 3.Kh2 Sf1#
b) Pe3->f4: 1.Sh2 Sg5 2.Kf2 Se3 3.Kg1 Sh3#
Miniature with unexpected idea: switchback of white Knights on mating move! Unfortunately there is some symmetry.
EN <-> RU

3rd Honorable mention - No 17, Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 8/8/8/3K4/8/4Pn1N/6k1/5N1n

1.Ra6 Sf5 2.Kb5 Sxd6+ 3.Ka5 Sbc4#
1.Rb5 Ke3 2.Sd5+ Kd3 3.Rb4 Sd7#
1.Sb7 Se6+ 2.Kb5 Sc8 3.Ka6 Sc7#
Three solutions. There is a repetition of move 2.Kb5. Everything else is good – three different model mates. Next No 8 and No 63 are about the same quality, that is why I give priority to problem with least used material.
EN <-> RU

4th Honorable mention - No 8, Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 8/8/5p2/8/p1N1n1p1/3k4/1pn1N1K1/8

1.b1B Kf1 2.Se3+ Ke1 3.Bc2 Sb2#
1.a3 Sa5 2.Kd2 Sc3 3.Kc1 Sb3#
1.g3 Se5+ 2.Kd2 Sc3 3.Ke1 Sf3#
Three solutions. A repetition of move 2.Kd2.
EN <-> RU
5th Honorable mention - No 63
Aleksey Ivunin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
7K/8/1p6/b7/p6p/4n2p/1p1NkNr1/1q2n3
h#33.1..(3+11)
Special Hon. mention - No 10
Ralf Krätschmer
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
3N4/2nkN3/3n4/8/8/8/8/4K3
h#3b) invert colors of Knights(4+4)
Special Hon. mention - No 67
Ingemar Lind
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/1N6/nkN5/1n6/8/8/8/1K6
h#3b) Sa6<->Sc6(3+3)

5th Honorable mention - No 63, Aleksey Ivunin (Russia) 7K/8/1p6/b7/p6p/4n2p/1p1NkNr1/1q2n3

1.S3c2 Sfe4 2.Kd1 Sb3 3.Bc3+ Sxc3#
1.h2 Sde4 2.Kf1 Sg3+ 3.Kg1 Sh3#
1.a3 Sg4 2.Kd1 Sxe3+ 3.Kc1 Sb3#
Three solutions. A repetition of move 2.Kd1.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 10, Ralf Krätschmer (Germany) 3N4/2nkN3/3n4/8/8/8/8/4K3

a) diagram: 1.Sf7 Se4 2.Kd8 Se6+ 3.Ke8 Sf6#
b) wSc7, wSd6, bSd6, bSe7: 1.Sf7 Se4 2.Kd8 Se6+ 3.Ke8 Sf6#
Special distinctions to No 10 and No 67 – for echo-chameleon mates in thematic twins.
EN <-> RU

Special Honorable mention - No 67, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 8/1N6/nkN5/1n6/8/8/8/1K6

a) diagram: 1.Sb4 Se5 2.Ka6 Sc5+ 3.Ka5 Sc4#
b) Sa6<->Sc6: 1.Sb4 Sd6 2.Ka5 Sc4+ 3.Ka4 Sc5#
1st Commendation (as equal) - No 3
Yuri Bilokin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/1n1Nq3/2k2p2/bN1n4/8/3pp3/3p4/3K4
h#42.1..(3+9)
1st Commendation (as equal) - No 4
Yuri Bilokin
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/1n1N4/2k2p2/1N1n4/8/3pp2r/3p4/3K4
h#42.1..(3+7)
1st Commendation (as equal) - No 68
Ingemar Lind
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/2n1N3/3k2p1/2N1n3/8/3p4/3K4
h#3.52.1..(3+5)

1st Commendation (as equal) - No 3, Yuri Bilokin (Ukraine) 8/1n1Nq3/2k2p2/bN1n4/8/3pp3/3p4/3K4

1.Qa3 Sd6 2.Sb4 Sxb7 3.Kb5 Sd6+ 4.Ka4 Sc5#
1.Qe4 Se5+ 2.Kc5 Sxd3+ 3.Kc4 Kc2 4.Qd4 Sa3#

1st Commendation (as equal) - No 4, Yuri Bilokin (Ukraine) 8/1n1N4/2k2p2/1N1n4/8/3pp2r/3p4/3K4

1.Rh4 Se5+ 2.Kc5 Sxd3+ 3.Kc4 Kc2 4.Rd4 Sa3#
1.e2+ Kxd2 2.Sb6 Kc3 3.Rh5 Kb4 4.Rd5 Sb8#

1st Commendation (as equal) - No 68, Ingemar Lind (Sweden) 8/8/2n1N3/3k2p1/2N1n3/8/3p4/3K4

1...Se3+ 2.Ke5 Sg7 3.Kf4 Ke2 4.Se5 Sh5#
1...Ke2 2.d1Q+ Ke3 3.Qg1+ Kd3 4.Qc5 Sc7#
2nd Commendation - No 14
Rainer Kuhn
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/8/8/8/Pn1nK3/2k5/1N1N4/8
h#3b) Ka4->e4(4+3)
3rd Commendation - No 60
Karol Mlynka
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
8/1b6/8/1p6/4p3/1n1N4/2k5/1N1n3K
h#32.1..(3+6)
Special Commendation - No 23
Mark Basisty
TT-165, SuperProblem, 05-05-2016
4K3/8/8/8/8/4N3/3nkN2/4n3
h#32.1..(3+3)

2nd Commendation - No 14, Rainer Kuhn (Germany) 8/8/8/8/Pn1nK3/2k5/1N1N4/8

a) diagram: 1.Sb5 Sdc4 2.Kb3 Sd3 3.Kxa4 Sc5#
b) Ke4->a4: 1.Sd5 Sd1+ 2.Kd3 Se4 3.Kc4 Sb2#
If the mate in 2nd solution would be with switchback of Knight (as in 1st solution) then a rank of the problem will be much higher.
EN <-> RU

3rd Commendation - No 60, Karol Mlynka (Slovakia) 8/1b6/8/1p6/4p3/1n1N4/2k5/1N1n3K

1.Sa5 Sa3+ 2.Kb3 Sc2 3.Ka4 Sc5#
1.b4 Se5 2.Kb2 Sc3 3.Ka3 Sc4#

Special Commendation - No 23, Mark Basisty (Ukraine) 4K3/8/8/8/8/4N3/3nkN2/4n3

1.Sc2 Sd5 2.Ke1 Sd3+ 3.Kd1 Sc3#
1.Kf3 Kf7 2.Kg3 Kg6 3.Kh4 Sf5#
Special distinction for miniature.
EN <-> RU
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Sections | Разделы

#2 | #3-6 | h#2 | h#3-6

Participants | Участники

Abdullayev E. – No 53 (h#3), 54 (h#2)
Abramenko S. – No 55 (#2), 56 (#2), 57 (#2)
Antipin I. – No 36 (h#2)
Arestov P. – No 49 (#6), 50 (#5)
Basisty M. – No 23 (h#3)
Bidlen A. – No 51 (h#2)
Bilokin Y. – No 1 (h#2), 2 (h#3), 3 (h#4), 4 (h#4)
Gorbatenko Y. – No 34 (#3)
Grinchenko D. – No 33 (h#2)
Ivunin A. – No 62 (h#3), 63 (h#3), 64 (h#3)
Jonsson C. – No 46 (h#2), 47 (h#2), 48 (h#2)
Kostylev M. – No 70* (#4), 71* (#5), 72* (#5), 73 (#6)
Kostyukov A. – No 19 (h#3), 20 (h#2), 21 (h#2), 22 (h#2)
Krätschmer R. – No 10 (h#3), 11 (#6), 12 (h#2), 25 (h#2), 26 (h#2)
Kuhn R. – No 5 (h#3), 6 (h#3), 7 (h#3), 8 (h#3), 9 (h#3), 13 (h#3), 14 (h#3), 15 (h#3), 16 (h#4), 17 (h#3)
Labai Z. – No 35* (h#3), 37 (h#2), 38 (#2)
Lind I. – No 65 (h#2), 66 (h#3), 67 (h#3), 68 (h#3.5), 69 (#3)
Medintsev V. – No 31 (h#2), 32 (h#2)
Melnichuk A. – No 70* (#4), 71* (#5), 72* (#5)
Mlynka K. – No 58 (#3), 59 (#4), 60 (h#3), 61 (h#3)
Molnár J. – No 42 (h#2), 43 (#3), 44 (h#3), 45 (h#3)
Pitton P. – No 27 (h#2), 28 (h#2), 29 (h#2), 30 (#2)
Serafimović I. – No 52 & 52A (#2)
Shanshin S. – No 39 (#2), 40 (#2), 41 (#2)
Tar G. – No 35* (h#3)
Vasilenko A. – No 18 (#3), 24 (#2)

The Winners Are | Победители

Anatoly Vasilenko (#2)

Yury Gorbatenko (#3-6)

Aleksandr Kostyukov (h#2, h#3-6)

Congratulations! | Поздравляем!

Judge | Арбитр

Igor Agapov

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